In developing countries, the lack of infrastructure like GPS (Global positioning system)and GIS (Geographic Information system) have hindered the growth of the police department. This paper proposes a simple, useful and cost effective solution for crime mapping. Google cloud resources like satellite data, application and GIS software have been used to develop this application. The developer requires only a simple computer connected to the internet. The source of crime data is the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds from various news websites.
Shimla: Dr. P.C. Kapoor, Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment inaugurated Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Portal and SMS Job Alert service of Labour and Employment Department for job fairs, campus interviews and vacancies by click of button here today. The GIS system for the Department of Labour and Employment hosted on AGiSAC website has spatial information on administrative structure, infrastructure and employment exchanges.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Kapoor said that with the start of Job Alert SMS Service the Employment Exchanges of the State would intimate the unemployed youth, registered with employment exchanges about the job fairs, campus interviews and vacancies. He said that the Job Alert SMS service would prove to be time, money and labour saving initiative. He urged the youth to register their mobile numbers with their respective employment exchanges so that they could get benefit of this service.
Principal Secretary said that Alert SMS service was being started from Kangra district for the Job Fair to be held at Sports Stadium Dharamshala on 20th June, 2012 which would be inaugurated by Industry Minister Shri Kishan Kapoor. He said that in order to help the unemployed youth of the State to get jobs in private sector such job fairs were being organised in different parts of the State from time to time.
He said that more than 32 private sector employers from the industrial areas of Baddi, Barotiwala, Nalagarh, Parwanoo, Una, Paonta Sahib and Chandigarh would take job seekers for their organization from the job fair.
During a period of nine months of its coming into existence Aryabhata Geo-Informatics and Space Application Centre (AGiSAC) has developed web based Geospatial Information Systems/Decision support systems for 18 departments.
U.S. Army Sgt. Scott Fierro first fell in love with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology during the Army’s Advanced Individual Training at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
A recently constituted Task Force by the Karnataka Knowledge Commission (KKC) is working on establishing a Karnataka Geographic Information System (GIS) that would serve as an aid for better governance and planning.
The Task Force, headed by renowned GIS expert Mukund Rao, has been given three months’ time to develop a roadmap for GIS-based governance, citizen participation and business innovation.
GIS applications can serve as a powerful planning and decision making tool as it incorporates geographical features with data in order to map, analyse and assess real problems.
While Karnataka was one of the first states to establish a separate centre for remote sensing and GIS, the Karnataka State Remote Sensing Application Centre (KSRSAC), the concept needs to make inroads and be an integral part of the State governance and planning process, pointed out KKC Executive Director and Member Secretary M K Sridhar.
The roadmap prepared by the task force will institutionalise the GIS activities under a state-wide organisational focus and also take forward the existing GIS initiative in different departments, he said.
National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Director V S Ramamurthy, K Prabhuraj, KSRSAC Director, V S Prakash, Director, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre and M N Vidyashankar, Principal Secretary of the e-governance Department are the members of the panel.
The panel, at its first meeting, decided to hold extensive consultations to assess the user needs of various stakeholders including the State government, non-governmental organisations, academia, citizens and industries. Based on the needs of the stakeholders, the panel would arrive at a roadmap.
Source: Deccan Herald
When the slum dwellers of Sangli were first told about the plan for their relocation, the feeling of reluctance, uncertainty and insecurity had engulfed the people of 35 slums who were under the impression that they will not only lose the roof over their heads, but will also get displaced from the city. But when they were shown images of the country, the state, the city and also their slums, on the laptop on Google Earth, their doubts seemed to have evaporated.
And this was made possible thanks to Shelter Associates, an NGO that has been using the GIS and remote sensing technology for mapping poverty since1999.
Today, the NGO is busy with slum rehabilitation in Sangli with a city-wide approach and in a technologically advanced and efficient manner.
The Google Earth images are being used as a base map for digitizing slum boundaries. The map and information on the slums is incorporated on GIS and a detailed factsheet of each slum is compiled.
“Through these images, the slum dwellers could see how their slums are spread and how far they are located from several amenities such as schools, hospitals, market and station. Thus, the relocation has been planned within 2 to 2.5 kms from their current location,” said Pratima Joshi, director, Shelter Associates. The construction of the new houses have just begun and is expected to be completed by 2014. Each house will cost around Rs 2.5 lakh.
In 2009, Shelter Associates was appointed as a consultant to submit a proposal to the Government of India under the Housing and Slum Development Programmes (IHSDP) scheme for the rehabilitation of Sangli’s slum population, covering 29 slums across the city, into an integrated housing and infrastructure scheme.
Source: Indian Express
The potential for on-shore wind energy deployment in India is considerably higher than the official estimates— around 20 times and up to 30 times greater than the present government estimate of 102 gigawatts, according to a new study led by an Indian origin scientist.
This landmark finding by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory may have significant impact on India’s renewable energy strategy as it attempts to cope with a massive and chronic shortage of electricity.
The Berkeley Lab study undertook a systematic assessment of the availability of land using publicly available GIS (geographic information system) data on topography and land use and found a significantly higher availability of land that can potentially be used for wind power development, which is the primary reason for the higher potential estimates.
The study excluded land with low-quality wind, slopes greater than 20 degrees, elevation greater than 1,500 meters and certain other unsuitable areas such as forests, bodies of water and cities.
The researchers obtained off-the-shelf wind speed data for heights of 80 meters, 100 meters and 120 meters from 3TIER.
Telecom Lead India: The global remote sensing technology market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.6 percent over the period 2011-2014, due to increasing adoption of remote sensors in various industries.
Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon are the key vendors dominating the current market space.
The global remote sensing technology market has also been witnessing advancement in aerial remote sensing technology. However, inconsistent, or highly variable, governmental policies could pose a challenge to the growth of this market, according to Research and Markets.
According to the report, data users are appraising the replacement of multispectral data with hyper spectral data.
The report suggests that growth will be seen in the key areas of hyperspectral, SAR, and LIDAR for aircraft, especially as sensor systems develop the capability to provide low-cost, broad area coverage. Hyperspectral sensor systems in advancement will offer automated feature detection, identification and classification. Diverse markets, such as defense, agriculture and forestry, all benefit from the change in detection technology.
“There is an evident transition, in aerial remote sensing, to digital sensor technologies, which are capable of elevation collection and direct geo-registration. This transition has resulted in new markets for infrastructure inventory and analysis, and urban mapping. During the past few years, sensor technologies are becoming more and more diverse. Digital aerial cameras that come with inertial measurement and on-board GPS provide easy access to geo-located information. This will assist in opening up new markets, especially where pricing has limited acceptance of remotely sensed information,” said an analyst from TechNavio’s Enterprise Applications team.
International development requires an integrated approach to address complex challenges experienced within sectors such as agriculture, environment, health, education, economic growth, democracy and governance, and disaster response.
This is where the use of GIS comes in.
Using GIS allows organisations to go beyond making maps of just land cover. It enables them to combine layers of information, and study the spatial relationship between selected indicators to get a more holistic view of places or regions they are working to develop.
At present, these organisations are using GIS in missions to collect data about the in-country projects they fund across all sectors. The resulting mission portfolio databases are most often used to generate maps of their projects to visualise their respective location, track progress, and communicate what is going on and where. This is quite similar to how an organisation such as the World Food Program (WFP) uses its GIS during its disaster response and recovery operations.
According to Syed Fawad Raza, Program Officer and Spatial Analyst at the World Food Program in Pakistan, the agency leverages GIS for food security analysis to target which areas are hotspots and food-deprived. Based on its research and through studying the spatial relationships of variables involved, it is then able to plan intervention in affected areas.
“GIS plays a very crucial role in supporting WFP’s mandate in helping communities cope with the effects of calamities or disasters, and also in helping those affected communities stand up again and rebuild their lives. That’s how our cycle works and of course mapping is central to monitoring and evaluation, identifying areas, gaps, crucial hot spots, and where to go,” he said.
In other cases, GIS is being used as a component of a larger program to address a specific development challenge.
In Uganda for example, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) involved local villagers in participatory mapping as part of a biodiversity conservation project to reduce human-wildlife conflicts. The maps produced by the community were compared to the district government’s land use boundaries, and helped resolve the conflict about rights to land resources.
At a regional level, the Central African Regional Program for the Environment uses satellite imagery to map forests and monitor changes due to logging. Information derived is then shared with the governments of nine countries spanning the catchment basic of the Congo river.
At a Global level, USAID supports a global program called the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which aims to establish a repository that would then provide geographically-linked HIV-related data for mapping in a GIS. In addition, USAID is also collaborating with NASA in a program called SERVIR (which means “to serve” in Spanish), which aims to build the capacity of countries in the Mesoamerican, East African, and the Hindu-kush Himalayan regions to use remote sensing, mapping tools, and geo-visualisation to address climate change and other environmental issues.
More than a decade ago, world leaders gathered together at the United Nations Millennium Summit to pledge the achievement of eight development goals by 2015.
Scientists from the University of Maryland and Beijing Normal University are partnering to track and predict the impact of climate change internationally.
When fully developed, the project will provide monitoring and predictive tools that can help, for example, predict crop failure and changes in commodity prices, and aid in preparations for shortages, organizers say.
At the University of Maryland today, officials from both institutions and representatives from the Chinese government officially launched the new Joint Center on Global Change and Earth System Science, which will conduct the research.
Creation of an international remote sensing database will be one of the new center’s first projects, and the interdisciplinary work will take place in both countries. In addition to monitoring agriculture, it will also track land use and land cover.
When coupled with predictive modeling techniques, the remote sensing database can produce a range of useful tools to assist in planning for climate changes, the project organizers emphasize.
“International cooperation is the path forward on global-scale challenges such as climate change,” says University of Maryland President Wallace Loh, who secured support for the new center when he visited China last year with Governor Martin O’Malley.
“The combination of our joint expertise and resources in this new center will allow us to address these important challenges with much greater sophistication and impact,” Loh adds. “These scientists have worked together for years now, and this new collaboration represents the maturing of that relationship. I’m confident their work will benefit our state, both nations and the international community.”
The new center directly results from Loh’s visit to China last year when he met with top government figures in science and academia.
At Beijing Normal, the center’s research will be coordinated by the College of Global Change and Earth System Science.
Source: News Medical
The GSDI World Conference (GSDI 13), 14th GEOIDE Annual Scientific Conference, Canadian Geomatics Conference (CGC 2012) and the 7th 3D GeoInfo Conference will be jointly held as the Global Geospatial Conference 2012 to take place at the Québec City Convention Center from May 14-17, 2012.
REGISTRATION: http://www.gsdi.org/gsdiconf/gsdi13/register.html (March 1 deadline for early registration) OTHER USEFUL LINKS
Conference Website: http://www.gsdi.org/gsdi13
Program Overview: http://www.gsdi.org/gsdiconf/gsdi13/prog_overview.html
Past GSDI World Conference Proceedings: http://www.gsdi.org/gsdiConferences
Past open access Books affiliated with the conference: http://www.gsdi.org/openaccessbooks (two books, a proceedings and a journal edition are being produced from this conference)